New Safeguarding Resources

22 Oct 2015

The NPA has launched new safeguarding resources designed to help members comply with the contractual and regulatory requirements for safeguarding vulnerable adults and children. In addition a disclosure and barring guidance resource has been produced to provide information on the Disclosure and Barring Service within England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The NPA has launched new safeguarding resources designed to help members in England comply with the contractual and regulatory requirements for safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.

The Clinical Governance (CG) requirements for community pharmacy, set out in Part 4 of Schedule 1 of the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005, as amended, require community pharmacies to ensure that relevant staff providing pharmaceutical services to vulnerable adults and children are aware of local safeguarding guidance and reporting arrangements.

Additionally, pharmacies are required to safeguard children and vulnerable adults as part of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) standards; the GPhC has included awareness and reporting of safeguarding issues as part of the inspection process carried out at registered pharmacies. Pharmacists may also be asked, by commissioners of pharmacy services, to provide evidence of safeguarding training as a prerequisite to providing a service.

The two new safeguarding resources available to members are:

  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults and children: practical guidance — this practical guidance covers the CG requirements and GPhC standards for pharmacies on awareness and reporting of safeguarding issues that may be present in a community setting
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults and children: SOP — a standard operating procedure, including a quick reference guide (which can be adapted to suit the needs of the individual pharmacy), this SOP is designed to ensure that pharmacies have effective, efficient and systematic protocols in place for detecting and reporting safeguarding issues concerning vulnerable adults and children.

Related resources produced by the NPA include:

  • Chaperone policy resources — includes a guidance resource, FAQs, a patient notice and a template chaperone policy
  • Disclosure and barring — this resource provides information on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) within England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland

To help members prepare for a visit by a GPhC inspector, in addition to the suite of GPhC inspection resources available on the NPA website, the Pharmacy Services Team can provide a chargeable Pre-inspection Audit Service, involving a face-to-face visit to pharmacies leading to detailed and bespoke advice, including advice on dealing with vulnerable adults and children.

For further information please contact the NPA Pharmacy Services Team on 01727 891 800 or email pharmacyservices@npa.co.uk